Michaels Makers – America Celebration

April 22nd, 2015

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Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer by having the Michaels Makers create gifts, treats, and parties for each of the six holidays this summer. For my project I created this America-themed party scape using so many great products from Michaels.theprojectgirl-america-party

Notice the fab Marquee Love star and the cute tissue fans from the party section.

The centerpiece is this canvas that I painted using Hazel & Ruby stencil masks and some navy blue paint. It was super quick and easy and I love how it turned out.

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Even these cute ceramic mason jars were from Michaels and the cute kraft and red straws.

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It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects or Mother’s Day ,Father’s Daygraduationbirthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!

To see what the other Michaels Makers created, check out these posts:

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Springtime In Paris – DIY Glitter Eiffel Tower

March 2nd, 2015

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I’m super excited for this month’s Michaels Makers assignment. Michaels is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a trip Paris! To kick it off, all of the Makers created a paris-inspired project. What is more paris-inspired than a 16″ tall glittered eiffel tower?

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Supplies:

Glitter Cardstock

Cricut Explore

Bone Folder

Ad-tech Low Temp Glue Gun

Skewer

Ribbon

I created some custom SVG files to cut on my Cricut for this project. I want to offer them for sale in my Etsy Shop, but I need to perfect them just a little bit more. This glitter card stock from Michaels is super thick, perfect for a structural project like this.

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There was a lot of folding and to get a nice crisp edge on glitter card stock, I used a bone folder to crease all my folds.

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I used all my trusty Ad Tech low temp glue gun to glue my 3D pieces together, And then pretty much just glued everything on top of each other starting from the top going down to the bottom.

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The top was capped with this little piece, and then I put a skewer in through the middle of the top and glued it in place.

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Then I adhered a little flag that I printed out, and tied on some ribbon, and voila (thats a french word, right?), my pretty glitter eiffel tower!

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It’s such a beautiful decoration, now I just want to throw a paris-themed birthday party for myself!

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  • Now it’s your turn!  That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.
  • What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!
  • If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.

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And check out the rest of the Michaels Maker’s projects:

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Michaels Makers Denim Embroidery

February 16th, 2015

If you’ve been into a Michaels store lately, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. I know my local Michaels has so many cool products right now, and one of my favorite new resets is this “Make Market” which is a combination of home décor and DIY products made of on-trend surfaces and textures, like chalk, denim, burlap, galvanized, cork and metal.

All of the Michaels Makers were asked to create a craft using denim. I love the look of denim in projects especially for the 4th of July. So I guess now is a good time to stock up!

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For my denim project, I thought it would be fun to create a little needlepoint project. I’ve never hand-embroidered before, but there’s always a first for everything! I love the idea of alternative fabrics for needlepoint, and I found these denim squares that fit a 3.5″ embroidery hoop perfectly.

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Supplies:

Denim Squares

3.5″ Embroidery Hoop

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery Needles

I created a simple pattern on my computer with some basic stars and a cursive font.  I printed it out and used it as a guide for my stitches (I’m pretty sure this isn’t really how you do needlepoint,ha! So if you’re more of a craft purist, maybe look for some more technical instructions). This worked fine for me, I freehanded some of the stars and all the french knots at the end though because those were super easy. The lettering was the hardest, I used a stem stitch for those.
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Here you can see before I trimmed off the excess denim. theprojectgirl-denim-embroidery

And the final mini embroidery. I created the Little Star design to match my son’s room decor. I love the look of the dark denim and the bright embroidery floss. theprojectgirl-denim-embroidery-final

Such a fun little project and great to get my feet wet trying out some embroidery! Have you crafted with Denim? I’d love to see any fun projects you’ve created using denim or other dark materials. Check out the links below to see what all the other Michaels Makers created this month!

Also, you’ll want to check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris!

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